Family & Relationships Why you should remove your shoes at home

08:05  11 april  2018
08:05  11 april  2018 Source:   Harper's Bazaar (UK)

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Obviously, many household occupants do not choose to remove their shoes before entering the home . Image Source: The Round Clinic. As well as taking shoes off as soon as you enter your home , you should also wash your hands.

However, removing our shoes should not just be about our [ ] 0 Comments. 0. Many of us have fallen into the habit of kicking our shoes off at the door when we get home every day.

woman taking off her heels © Provided by Shutterstock woman taking off her heels No one wants to be that neurotic person who makes guests remove their shoes when they step inside their home, but latest research on how much bacteria we really carry on our footwear makes a convincing case for doing so.

Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona, found that the average shoe contains 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside and 2,887 on the interior.

Some of the bacteria contained Escherichia coli, known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.

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However, there are a number of reasons why you should take your shoes off at the front door. Therefore, apart from having a no- shoes policy, consider buying some floor mats to help remove some of that dirt off your shoes before entering your home .

Now, science is backing up this hygienic practice and revealing that what you pick up on your shoes is not just a few germs and dirt, but rather nasty customers who should never be allowed into your home !

Unfortunately, it gets worse.

Why you should always take your shoes off when you're at home © Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved Why you should always take your shoes off when you're at home "The common occurrence (96 percent) of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors," said Gerba. "Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria."

Washing shoes with detergent was found to remove all fecal material and 90 percent of all bacteria.

"Essentially, when you wear your shoes in a house, you are bringing in everything you stepped in during the day,” Jonathan Sexton, a laboratory manager at the University of Arizona told The Wall Street Journal.

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So, when you come home , your sole have been tainted by harmful chemicals and pesticides. In addition to removing your shoes , be sure to get some door mats (for the inside and outside) and an entryway rug.

My kids automatically remove their shoes at others homes , even when told they do not have to. Thanks for this, nice to know I’m not alone! 😉. That should be common curtousy to take your shoes off at someone else’s home .

All in all, perhaps it is better to take your shoes off when you get home from work.

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